Djembe Yaru, Kalamazoo Michigan's West Afrikan drum and dance group was founded in 2007 by Nathaniel Waller. Baba Waller has been playing and learning Djembe since the age of 10, being taught by master drummers in Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria, The Gambia and Sierra Leone. After performing all over the world with Ujima Drum and Dance, he came back to Michigan and has been teaching his craft at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo Michigan. Here, he is able to share his passion of the drum while being able to perform and create music of his own. Since this time, he has created music that is being played all over the world, including China, France and England. Passing the culture from generation to generation is very important to Baba Waller. This is why he teaches students, young and old, to groom the Djembe players and dancers of tomorrow.